Marketing! The Pulse of Your Real Estate Business

In order to be successful as a real estate investor or basically in any other market, you must know how to market. Marketing is the pulse of your business, without a pulse, you flat-line and you DIE, no really, you are dead, or you might as well be because you aren’t doing anything in the business. You can be a newbie investor or a weathered one but if you “act” busy, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are doing the things that count to increase your leads.

MARKETING IS LIFE. You are not a real estate investor, well not precisely; real estate is just your vessel, your means of becoming financially independent. In essence you are a marketer. Learn this craft well; study it day in and day out. You must become the World’s Greatest Marketer, but in your farm area first. Baby steps, come on!! All of you insist on getting coaching, products, courses and real estate books. Those are all good and well but what about marketing? When does that come into play? Invest in some marketing books, they go a long way, even if they are in a different market, they all have great ideas and useful techniques to put into good use.

I use many different types of marketing strategies on a day to day basis, but what helped me the most which I highly, highly recommend is… Guerrilla Marketing!! That is right, how I launched myself onto the scene was with several subtle but extremely creative and powerful Guerrilla tactics that can help any investor, especially the newbie investor. Oh man, I felt like a little boy at Christmas once I started getting my phone to ring off the hook!

Shhhh, do not say anything, but what I am about to share with you are some of my secret, but really not so secret techniques that helped me get my phone ringing off the hook!! With this approach you can make $10,000 within the next thirty days if you start right now! Unfortunately some of the strategies I used involved hitting the streets, that’s right… you have to hit the pavement and I mean hard, hard like “curbing” as in American History X hard. Uncomfortable going out and about, well you might as well stay comfortable in your lousy life. In order to succeed you have to just do what it takes, remember, pain is only temporary but victory is forever.

As I was saying, yellow signs, the oh so lovable 18″ by 24″ yellow corrugated plastic, how I loathe thee. Two ways to use them, the first is to attract sellers and the second is to attract buyers. Like anything else in the world, this is a numbers game and you must stay persistent. Every month, if your budget allows for it, shoot to purchase 300 yellow 18×24 corrugated signs, a pole stapler and either a red or black “KING” sharpie. You are going to write on 200 of them:
Every week you will place 50 signs in high density areas, but use common sense guys. Do not put these signs on a highway!!! You are most definitely going to cause a car accident but most importantly you aren’t going to get any calls. For every 50 signs you put out, you will get around 5 calls of the highest motivated seller you will come into contact with, but in the end it will only result in a deal or two which is very good.

At the same time, you grab the left over 100 signs and write:

Most of you at this point are going to whine, “But Lou, I do not have a house to sell, isn’t that wrong?” After I am done smacking you, I will remind you that you are a Guerrilla Ninja and that you need to have an ever expanding Cash Buyers List. The beauty of this is that you will get tons and tons of calls, I mean tons. About 40% are tire kickers, 40% retail buyers, 10% wholesalers and 10% legitimate CASH BUYERS!!!!

So once you have a deal under your belt you can quickly call and email the cash buyers to sell it quick! And since you placed all these signs in the same area, you will not have an issue matching them up to a property that they want. Also, since you have gotten in touch with some of the local wholesalers, try to get one of the deals they have and Joint Venture with them. It is the quickest way to make $1,500 and up for being the matchmaker between the two. And the more Cash Buyers you talk to, the more confidence you will have in shooting them out a deal when you are on a friendly basis with all these wholesalers. Wholesalers may be a little hard to get through the first time around but trust me, they only care about one thing and that is moving a property, and moving it quickly.

But wait, there is more, I highly recommend you save all those phone numbers you receive so that you can market to them in different ways. It does not matter if the calls are coming from either Seller signs or Buyer signs, but save them and you can market to them as well. But those strategies are for another time. Anyway, this was a quick but simple overview of one of my favorite Guerilla Marketing methods, the Yellow Sign.

Bangkok Budget Hotels – Cheap Hotels in Bangkok for 1000 Baht or Less

Bangkok is a big city with cheap hotels that cost around 1000 Baht and less. Khao San Road is one such notable place for affordable guesthouses and hostels with very cheap room rates. But the hotel industry in Bangkok has changed considerably today and a huge shift in affordable lodgings can now be found right in the hub of nightlife and shopping in central Bangkok.

Finding an affordable hotel in central Bangkok is the best way to visit most of the sights and attractions in Bangkok. Best of all there are many train stations next to most budget hotels in the center of the city. Bangkok’s vehicle traffic is the worst during most times of the day and the MRT subway trains and BTS Sky Trains can save tourists a lot of travel time. Khao San Road is one of the best valued areas for backpackers and budget travelers, however the location is quite far and nowhere near the trains.

Today one of the best areas in Bangkok with budget rates can be found in the Pratunam district. It’s a lively district with many wholesale clothing markets and restaurants compacted into a tight area. Pratunam Market is where most budget travelers come to find western sized clothing particularly brand name jeans and football jerseys of their favorite teams.

Pratunam has a lot of cheap hotels ranging between 500 Baht to 1000 Baht with decent room quality but not much in the way of service. However if you can afford to pay a little over 1000 Baht per night it is possible to find a newer hotel with free internet or perhaps breakfast. Hotels in Pratunam are near a few BTS Sky Train stations but most requires a 10 to 15 minute walk. Good news is that there are many popular shopping centers next to Pratunam that are at a walkable distance. Or if you are feeling adventurous then hop on a tuk tuk for a quick ride to your destination.

Another popular section of Bangkok with budget hotels is right along Sukhumvit road. It’s true that Sukhumvit is expensive when it comes to food and yes even hotels. However there are many budget hotels in Sukhumvit with room rates hovering in the lower 1000 Baht price range. And the quality of these bargain priced hotels is decent with clean rooms. Though there are many hotels in Sukhumvit in the mid 500 Baht range and lower you may want to check the room out before you shell out your hard-earned cash.

The Khao San Road area in Bangkok is still a great area as a base to explore the city. But tourists today have a greater variety of budget hotels to choose especially in Pratunam and Sukhumvit. Both offer travelers a cheap hotel with clean rooms and near public transportation to make their holiday in Bangkok stress free and enjoyable.

So if you’re looking for a great holiday vacation in Bangkok but don’t want to overspend on hotels check out Pratunam and Sukhumvit. Both areas are right in the heart of central Bangkok close to transportation, shopping and nightlife with budget hotels around 1000 Baht.

How To Get Cheap And Reliable Web Hosting & Domains

I’ve been an Internet programmer for about 10 years now and in that time I’ve tried several web hosting companies for my ecommerce sites. Unfortunately most web hosting provider were a big disappointment, some were quite good for some months but after a while the service or uptimes became horrible. So far I’ve been with about 10 different hosts. Here are a few rules you should follow before forking out your cash.

1. Check some forums like Webhostingtalk and see what people say about a particular company. There are lots of experts who know what they are talking about. There is also a forum where you can basically post your needs and many companies will compete with great deals.

2. Go for a company which is not too big but also not too small. If its a one-man show you never know what this guy is doing with your files if nobody looks over his shoulder. Also what happen to your websites if he suddenly drops dead because of a heart attack or he’s involved in a car crash? On the other hand if the company is too big then there’s a good chance that its very impersonal and nobody really cares about you. Smaller companies tend to be more flexible and are more likely to suit your needs.

3. If you are already with a web host don’t move all your sites immediately. First test the waters for a couple of weeks or at least days. Use internet tools to check the uptimes.

4. Make a list of your needs beforehand. For instance if you need shell access (SSH) there’s no point if you test the host and like it but later you need shell access and they don’t have it. For those who do not need shell access it might be better to go for one which does not offer it because that will mean more security for you.

5. If you go for a new host check if they offer a 30 day money back guarantee like most do. However often there is a catch like its a pro-rated refund, that means you can’t be refunded for the period you used their service. This is of course in the small print, so make sure its a full money back guarantee. Also if you do not live in the US and you buy webspace from a US company you might lose money when they refund due to the currency conversion. So it might be better to pay only for one month and not pay for one whole year even if thats cheaper in the long run.

6. If you what to find a long term host go for one which has been in business for a couple of years. Web host tend to disappear very quickly due to the cutthroat nature of this business. Check the PageRank of their website (it should be at least 3 or 4) and go to the Wayback Machine at to see how long the site exists.

7. During the trial period ask some questions even if you just want to test them. That way you can find out how competent they are and how fast they answer.

8. Find a host which is based in the center of where most your customers are based. Also be aware that US host are often the cheapest, so based on that the best location is often the East Coast in America since its close to US and European customers. The NAC center in Parsippany (New Jersey) in the North East of the USA is quite good and many webhosting companies buy webspace at wholesale prices from them.

9. If you not only want cheap webspace but a webhosting provider with a “community feel” check out if they have a busy forum and other community features like a most wanted list of new features, etc.

10. If it’s a smallish company it can never harm to ask for a special deal or a discount. Some even offer a free domain with the packages. However I prefer to separate webspace and domains to be more independent. I recommend Namecheap, Dotster and Godaddy to buy Domains. Don’t pay more than 15 US Dollar per year or you are wasting money.

So all in all there isn’t really a best web hosting service. Everybody has different needs. Don’t put up too long with a bad webhost, there are many good ones with great deals. Some even help you transferring your websites for free if you want to change web hosts.

The Main Risks Involved When Buying Cheap NBA Jerseys From Chinese Wholesalers

Don’t be fooled by the cheap prices found on Chinese based wholesale sites. In the end you will most likely get a lot less than what you paid for. That’s because they will often send you low quality NBA jerseys that do not even come close to the original.

And often times you will actually pay much more than the advertised price. That’s because they use low prices to get your attention, then charge you inflated shipping and handling fees when it’s time to check out.

With that said the real threat is not paying more money nor is it getting low quality products. These threats are trivial in comparison to the real risk involved when purchasing products from most Chinese based websites.

The real threat involved is with the vulnerability or misuse of your personal information. Sensitive data such as credit card numbers, home address and email, all which transfer through Chinese web servers, often have very little to no security at all.

That’s because Chinese laws do not hold companies liable for the loss or misuse of your sensitive data, unlike the strictly enforced laws of the western world. As a result the vast majority of Chinese sites are just downright unsafe to trust with your personal data.

Now this is not to say there is no quality Chinese wholesalers at all, because there are plenty. And our meaning is not to slander the Chinese in any way at all. Because in fact there are many great, honest, and hardworking Chinese wholesalers out there that can provide you with excellent quality .

The problem is determining who you can trust and who you should stay away from. Thankfully it’s pretty easy to figure it out. First you can look for a verifiable SSL certificate on the bottom or the top of their page. If they don’t have that then your data is not safe.

A SSL certificate is used to encrypt any personal information you enter into a website. This means you can rest assured that communications between your browser and this site’s web servers are private and secure.

Also make sure the SSL certificate is from a well established and trusted company. If you have never heard of the company or it does not rank highly in Google, then it could be a fake SSL.

Second you should look for user reviews or testimonials to make sure the jerseys they are selling are of good quality.

Since most Chinese have very poor English they will have a hard time faking the reviews. And to see if they copied the review from somewhere else, simply copy and paste the review into Google to see if another website has the same review.

You can also read their product descriptions to see if they put any effort in explaining the details of their jerseys. If not then that may be an indicator that they are hiding something. And lastly, just go with you first feelings. If the website looks unprofessional, then it probably is. If the English is very bad, design looks bad, customer service is not good, then just find another place to get a cheap NBA jersey from.

There are plenty of great places on the internet to find a nice cheap NBA jersey, it just takes a little time to make sure you are dealing with a legit company.

5 Ideas For Cheap Cruise Travel Deals

Everyone wants to travel the world, right? How does a luxury cruise sound? Warm beaches, exotic ports of call, fine dining, 5 star service, hammocks and fruity umbrella drinks. Who could resist?

Course there is one small issue – the outrageous prices that put the dream of a cruise vacation out of reach for 90% of people. But there is hope. I am here to help you find the absolute best cruise travel deals. Wholesale prices, incentive cruises, and even the occasional F.R.E.E voyage are in the bag of tricks. My goal is to show you how to plan, find, book, and enjoy the cruise vacation of a lifetime on a shoestring budget whether it is your first cruise or your tenth.

Be sure to check out this month’s top hints, insider secrets, and tricks the travel industry does not want you to know about how to get a fantastic cruise travel deal.

Here are 5 ideas to get you started on finding the cheapest cruise bargains:

1) Go Off-Season

Everyone and their brother is planning a cruise in the spring or early summer. Think spring break and that’s where you will find the crowds. The cruise industry is not going to offer any good cruise travel deals during their busy season because they simply don’t have to. Expect a 20-30% cheaper fare for off-season cruises.

BONUS: Airfares will also be cheaper during the less-traveled months saving you an additional chunk of money.

2) Consider Repositioning

These cruises are heavily discounted because the cruise line is simply moving the boat from one home port to another. They have to take that trip regardless of how many passengers sign up. You will get a few less ports – but if you are true cruise lover, the extra days at sea will be no great burden. You can expect to save 40-60% on a price per day basis over regular cruises.

3) Skip the Flight

Most cruises in the US originate from Florida and California, but did you know that dozens of other ports of embarkation (where you leave from) are available? Unexpected places like New Orleans, Houston, Seattle, New Jersey, and even Mobile, AL offer a few cruise itineraries a year. If you can hitch a ride from somewhere within easy driving distance, how much will you save? Anticipate travel to and from the embarkation port costs to drop easily $1000 for a family of 4.

BONUS: Also, you will not have to worry about hotel on either side of the cruise in this scenario.

4) Last Minute Savings

Often if your schedule is flexible, good cruise travel deals can be had in the last 2 months leading up to departure. Think about it – the boat is going, overhead is relatively fixed, so empty staterooms cost the cruise lines big bucks that can never be recovered. Sign up for email newsletters (,, and are my favorites) so you will get priority notification of cruise travel deals.

5) Speak and Cruise

If you’ve ever been on a cruise, you know there is a an endless array of entertainment and educational opportunities on board. Everything from underwater basket weaving, to painting classes, to seminars on wine tasting. Did you know that each of those presenters AND their family get a complimentary cruise in exchange for a couple of 1 hour work sessions? Would you work for 2 hours to get a free cruise?

Find the Best Cheap Soccer Jerseys

Football fans are extremely passionate and are obsessed with the beautiful game. For any true football fan, wearing their club or countries latest soccer jerseys are a popular trend. However the price of replica kits is now extremely high so football fans search online in the home that they can find great bargains to buy cheap soccer jerseys.

There are many stores who sell soccer jerseys for cheap towards the end of the season, but this is normally because they are soon to be replaced by a brand new football shirt for the following season. Another good way to get discounts on your football kits is to become a member of a soccer fan club or team, so you can get a discounted price enjoyed by their members. Often you can find cheaper prices on soccer kits by following this method.

Or you can search online for stores who sell cheap football shirts at lower prices. Here, you can save up to 50% on the price of replica soccer shirts by buying wholesale soccer items and factory second items. Here, you can find the newest released football shirts with great service, including custom soccer jerseys for both kids and adults.

These stores will ship the item direct to your door so you don’t have to spend time searching in shops. You can find kits for all the best teams including Barcelona, Roma, Sampdoria, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, AC Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur.

I Have a Wholesaler Website – Now What?

As real estate listings continue to proliferate on the Internet, any serious real estate wholesaler needs to establish an online presence. You know this and have established a presence on the web. Now what?

Elements of an Effective Website

The purpose of your website is to promote the real estate properties the wholesaler has available, not the wholesaler him or herself. Flash introductions, lots of fancy animation and sounds may look cool, but how do they actively promote the properties that are available? Simply put, they don’t in most circumstances.

As the saying goes, time is money. Real estate investing professionals shouldn’t be bothered by having to wait for animation to load, or be distracted by the sound of your voice in the background. On a real estate website, these elements appeal to the ego of the site’s owner, and nobody else.

Keep it simple is the best advice that can be offered. If you simply have to include personal information, such as years in business, awards, etc., bury it under an “About Us” link. Your business is real estate, and it’s the properties which need to take center stage – not you. Large clickable photos and inclusion of the relevant information about the property and the community/neighborhood are all that are truly required.

If you want to make your website a true resource for industry professionals, include up-to-date market information, news which directly affects the industry, and updates on government policies and programs which impact the industry.

Building Relationships with a Website

A phone call from a potential investor is extremely valuable as it establishes personal contact, allowing the wholesaler to start building a relationship. It gives the wholesaler a chance to find out what sorts of properties in which a particular investor is interested, creates a scenario where the wholesaler increases the turnaround time on a contract assignment, and makes finding the best properties easier for the investor.

Be sure to require, at bare minimum, that visitors to your site provide a name and valid email address. This is an easy way to quickly build your buyer list with little inconvenience for the visitor. In fact, if they are true pros, they will be happy to provide this information, and possibly more.

Marketing Your Website

You now have your website up and running. What are some strategies for marketing it to interested parties? One quick and easy way to get the word out is to post an attention-grabbing ad on or another free classified advertising site (“Dozens of High-Quality Properties Available — for CHEAP!”).

You can also employ some old-fashion direct-mail or direct email marketing. Join a local real estate investing organization and send an email (if possible) or printed brochure (which prominently displays the website’s address) to all members. If you want, you can also expand your network to include real estate agents, appraisers, contractors/rehabbers, real estate developers, and property management companies.

Visit Bangkok’s Pratunam Market for Cheap Clothes and Hotels

Bangkok is the best city to buy cheap designer clothes from hats to shoes and find clean budget hotels. As a first time visitor to Bangkok or someone short on time, you might wonder where to go. Tourists in the know head for Bangkok’s lively Pratunam Market district to find them.

Pratunam district is located in central Bangkok, next to pricier shopping malls found in Siam and Chidlom. Though Pratunam’s Market and Malls is where local Thais prefer to shop for designer clothing and accessories at cheaper prices. The area is always busy from morning to evening 7 days a week. The weekends at Pratunam Market is often packed with locals and may seem like 70% of Bangkok’s population decided to shop in Pratunam.

Pratunam Market is a wholesale clothing sales and distribution center. It’s where local Thai clothing retailers come to buy shirts, jeans, t-shirts and everything else in between to stock their stores. Even football jerseys from all teams around the world can be purchased at Pratunam Market for resale or for personal use. This is the sole reason Pratunam Market is the best place to find cheaper prices for clothing throughout Bangkok.

Not all shoppers in Pratunam’s Market are local Thais. There are many international businesses who come to Bangkok to buy bulk clothes and accessories to send back home. Even leisure vacationers are welcome to purchase a single football jersey with their favorite team and players name as a souvenir at a reasonable price. And there is always room to haggle for a lower price.

With so many visitors in Pratunam there are many hotels of all budget ranges, from cheap 2 star hotels to all out 4 star luxury accommodations. Though Pratunam is most well-known for very cheap budget hotels with clean rooms and friendly service.

2 star hotels in Pratunam district typically cost around Baht 1000 for a clean room at a well run hotel. The hotels location won’t exactly be at the doorsteps of the market though it is still just a 5 to 10 minutes walk at most. No surprise that the closer you are to the market the more it will cost. But not by much. A 3 star hotel right in the center of all the shopping activity cost a few hundred Baht more with better quality rooms. Not to say that a 2 star hotel in Pratunam district are all undesirable.

Bangkok is a big city with lots to do from sightseeing to nightlife partying. But if your intention is to shop to your heart’s content while staying at a cheap budget hotel than Pratunam is exactly the right place for you.

Good News for NFL Fans – Preserve Your Love and Cheer

NFL is definitely one of the most popular sports in the United States. NFL fans have settled time to preserve and cheer, that is NFL month or year. Belt buckle, golf ball cover, or maybe pullover shirt are the most beneficial ways to exhibit support to their favorite crew.

No subject who often team some people like as well as support, for your die-hard lover it’s professional and happy to wear his or her wholesale NFL jerseys. Most football fans have relentless dedication on the royalty of their most preferred teams. You can see there is a big increase with the NFL activity collectables. It seems that this new merchandise receives more colors and more gadgets. All do is to satisfy their thirst inside enthusiast who are keen in collecting.

There are some methods for die-hard followers to reveal their support and plan to their beloved teams. They can decorate their own bedrooms, using reliable Denver Broncos jerseys, painting your location in his or her favorite team’s shades, or sometimes by the cool deeply freeze mug. The brutal competitiveness on the football arena boils in the fans that definitely have that aspire to get everything his/her crew provides, from homemade cards, mini helmets or maybe ice coolers.

Many items could possibly be regarded when football trophies, you can certainly bet numerous football devotees are driven with the urge to exhibit all his friends in which his team is the best team. As they travels wonderful distances to think about his workforce play activities and gowns up Reebok NFL jerseys. He furthermore will oftentimes be observing his preferred team play continuously they will be on TV and you may be sure that this top sports fan is definitely the one you hear hollering along at the TV.

NFL Physical activities Collectibles will present a monetary impact which has a city by using all pieces revenue physical activities fan, lotto seat tickets, buying meals and gentle beer gross sales. For a few crazy football fans they could do everything to show their service and royalty for their favorite groups. Whether have on tennis shoes made by your workforce or driving to the park that can be played ball using your team logo for the clothes. So if you’ll be a sports fan to get together football memorabilia by coronary heart and heart, you needs this NFL merchandise on the market such asĀ  to create never know if your subsequent athletics fan will probably be looking for that one time in quite a while find.

Wholesale Clothes and Sports Apparel – Score High Profits With Wholesale Sportswear

Our society today is more health conscious and aware and of the importance of exercise for a healthy lifestyle. More and more people are taking up a sport or going to the gym. This means that there is a growing demand for sportswear. In fact, studies show that the sports apparel industry grows 5% every year. By selling wholesale sportswear, you will be able to get a share of this profitable market segment of the clothing industry.

There are many kinds of sportswear. Outdoor sportswear is used for climbing, hiking and adventure over mountains or across jungles, streams and deserts. Indoor fitness wear is usually worn in gyms. Other sports apparel includes swimwear, ball wear and specialized martial arts apparel for taekwondo, judo, karate, etc.

Sportswear must fit well and provide freedom of movement during competition. The material used must be comfortable and sweat absorbent. Ideally, the material should not hold sweat but should wick it away from the body. It should dry quickly and must be light and cool especially in summer. Needless to say, sportswear must be durable and of good quality. It should be built to last.

Sportswear includes shorts, jerseys, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jogging pants, hoodies and track suits. When you sell sports apparel, you must also have shoes, socks, gym bags, headbands and sweatbands available. Aside from regular sizes, you must also have plus sizes for people who go into sports in order to lose excess weight.

Most people buy brand name sportswear such as Adidas, Nike, Reebok or Fubu. This is because they want to be assured of the high quality of the sports apparel they buy. However, there are also many non-brand name products that are of high quality yet they are sold at a much lower price.

Look for wholesale suppliers who can provide quality sportswear at discounted prices. Wholesale sportswear can be obtained at prices 70% lower than the retail price. You can use Salehoo to find suppliers of sportswear for you to sell at wholesale prices. SaleHoo’s online directory will easily lead you to reliable suppliers of cheap wholesale sportswear that are in great demand today.